Things I Would Change in Books

Sometimes books are perfect and don’t need changing. Sometimes they’re almost perfect. Sometimes they could’ve been*. Sometimes I think: how could that be changed? So here we go, a few things I would change about certain books**

* *cries because of all that lost potential*
** a.k.a. books that came to mind right now

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Epilogue

I don’t hate the epilogue, but I completely understand why people dislike it. That being said, while I don’t hate it, recently a different idea formed in my head.

19 years later, Harry Potter has returned to Hogwarts to teach Defence Against the Dark Arts, all was well

let’s ignore the fact that 2017 is not well at all hahaha *sobs*

I understand Harry wanting to be an Auror at age 15, but adult Harry? It’s constantly pointed out that Hogwarts is Harry’s home, and after Order of the Phoenix Harry becoming a teacher makes a lot more sense.

I really like the idea of Harry standing in front of a class (Albus*, Scorpius and Rose being in that class), teaching the new generation about the war, talking about the importance of House Unity while fondly looking at his son, his son’s best friend and niece (because Rose would NOT treat Al and Scorp the way she did in The Cursed Child – the girl raised by Hermione Jean Granger would NOT behave that way). The bell rings signalling the end of class, Ginny comes in, having retired from the Holyhead Harpies and now being the flying instructor and Quidditch referee, hugging her son. Harry joins in, embarrassing Albus further. All was well

Of course it would be more detailed, mentioning Ron and Hermione and what they’re up to, but I really like this idea. Again, I’m not saying I hate the epilogue, this is just an idea that formed in my head that I wanted to share

* Though maybe if I’m changing this anyway I’d change his name too

Uprooted – Agnieszka ends up with Kasia

I didn’t like the relationship with Agniezka and her love interest at all – he continuously treats her like trash, is incredibly condescending and it’s just a straight-up abusive relationship. Meanwhile Agniezka’s relationship with her best friend Kasia is at the root of the story, we were again and again shown that they love each other, they risk their lives for each other because they didn’t want to live without the other – it was beautiful and healthy, but of course they’re just gal pals

Crooked Kingdom – Apparently someone died??

People claim that one of the main characters died in Crooked Kingdom?? I don’t know what they’re talking about?? No one died??

Y’all got the wrong edition no one died

And if they did die I just changed that*

* no one dies on this blog**
** Speaking of no one dying…

All books – no one except bad guys die

I wasn’t going to go there, because no one dying when they’re fighting a war is unrealistic. But screw that. My heart doesn’t want realism. My heart wants happy endings. And I’ll give my heart what it wants

What would you change about certain books? Would you change the epilogue of Harry Potter? Do you have some weird edition of Crooked Kingdom in which apparently someone dies?? Let me know in the comments!

Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

uprootedGenre: Ya (possibly adult or NA?? I thought it was YA and the protagonist is 17 but then I saw it on the adult shelf at a bookstore here and I saw someone else call it NA so I’m very confused) | fantasy
Goodreads rating: 4.16
My rating:  2.5 stars 

summary

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose (Goodreads).

review

I had completely forgotten to review this one – woops. Since my memory is a bit fuzzy, let’s do a list review! Also spoiler towards the romance (who she ends up with) though if you read the synopsis you can already guess who it is.

Whatiliked

  • Agnieszka and Kasia’s relationship. It was a beautiful friendship: they loved each other so much and they’d do anything for each other, including risking their lives. Because they didn’t want to live without each other. I loved it so much. Going in I knew who Agnieszka was going to end up with, but I still hoped that it would be Kasia (and honestly I thought that made more sense because we’re actually shown that they love each other and it would have been beautiful and HEALTHY)
  • The concept. Not the Dragon taking girls to live with him in his tower, but the Wood being the villain of the book. Though I’m not too excited about the execution of it, I found it really unique

whatididn'tlike

  • An old man (I don’t care that he looks young he’s old) chooses a young girl from one of the villages every *insert amount of years because I can’t remember* and it turns out that of course he has a good reason for that! And he never touches them! But it still incredibly disturbing! And why is everyone okay with this!
  • Said old man is not very nice. He continually looks down on Agnieszka and insults her all the time. Basically it’s abusive. This would’ve been fine if Agnieszka realises this, stands up for herself and ends up with Kasia and leaves him. But of course instead she jumps him. Literally. He treats her like trash (pretty much literally except he doesn’t throw her out), there’s nothing pointing to their ‘feelings’ before that and it really came out of the blue even though I knew they were going to end up together. And it’s not like he changes or anything. Nope. Can we please stop romanticising abusive relationships
  • The pace. I was just so bored at some point, even when things were supposed to be exciting

So great concept, beautiful relationship between the two girls, but an abusive relationship that I just can’t overlook and am SO DONE with and it was quite boring. It’s a shame because I enjoyed the beginning; I didn’t like the Dragon, but I still had hope until the ‘relationship’ started and it wasn’t that boring yet.

Have you read Uprooted? How did you feel about it? I hope you enjoyed it more than I did. Did anyone else ship Agnieszka and Kasia instead? Please tell me I’m not alone. Let me know in the comments!

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